Mauri’s return can’t lift Milan

Cristian Brocchi gave Jose Mauri a rare opportunity against Parma last night but despite a lively performance from the youngster, Milan had to settle for a draw.

It's been a frustrating year for Jose Mauri. The highly-rated young midfielder was signed on a four-year deal at the start of this season, but only once made the starting line-up under recently-sacked coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

New Rossoneri manager Cristian Brocchi handed Mauri a lifeline on Thursday night by bringing him on as a substitute with 28 minutes left to play. He had an immediate impact on the match, however the home side failed to break the deadlock and the match ended goalless.

AC Milan will be extremely disappointed with the result, while relegation-threatened Carpi will be delighted with moving another point clear of the relegation zone.

"It's not easy to face teams like Carpi who close themselves up," Mauri told the MC. "The coach is asking us to be quick on the ball and that is not simple. We’re disappointed because we have missed the chance to cut the gap in the table. But what is done is done and we have to look ahead to the next game on Monday.

"It was easier versus Sampdoria because they tried to attack," he added, referring to Milan's recent 1 – 0 victory, Brocchi's first match in charge. "We tried to win right until the end, but unfortunately we didn’t find a way past," Mauri said.

"I missed out on 30 matches, but now when I am needed I will always give 100%. It isn’t easy because I haven’t played regularly. I must thank the coach for the kind words he had to say about me. I hope I can achieve half of what he achieved during his career. He was very clear with me right from the start and without making any promises.

"We have to come charging out of the blocks in our game with Verona. It’s important we break the deadlock early because they will sit back and defend."